Commissioner of Finance, County of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY

Posted: 07/17/18 | SHARE:

Description:

The County of Schenectady is seeking an experienced and qualified individual for the position of Commissioner of Finance. This position offers the right person an extremely rewarding and exciting opportunity to advance your career and make a real difference in the operations of the County government!

 

 

High-level overview of the position:

  • Responsible for the general oversight of all governmental accounting, business management, fiscal management, payroll, budgeting, data processing, and real property functions for the County of Schenectady.
  • Responsible for administration, planning, supervising, organizing and coordinating the development of the annual operating and capital budget, maintenance of financial, payroll and real property records in addition to developing and maintaining automated accounting systems.
  • The Commissioner reports directly to the County Manager and also works very closely with the County Manager in the overall administration of fiduciary responsibilities.

 

 

Sample job duties include:

  • Assures for the ongoing fiscal integrity of the County.
  • Manages and prepares the County's financial reports and county-wide financial statements in accordance with GAAP standards.
  • Recommends fiscal policy to the County Manager for consideration by the County Legislature.
  • Manages all financial activities for the County, including managing and maintaining the various financial and accounting systems, real property systems, payroll systems and tax collection systems.
  • Develops and recommends the $315M annual operating budget and the six year capital program.
  • Provides leadership in the development for the continuous evaluation of short and long-term strategic financial objectives.
  • Assists in formulating the County’s future direction and supporting tactical initiatives.
  • Serve as a key member of the County management team. Participates, contributes and evaluates pivotal decisions as they relate to strategic initiatives and operational goals, objectives and performance measures.
  • Recommends and assists in the maximization of revenues and the prudent management of accounts payable, treasury, purchasing and payroll divisions.
  • Ensures proper accounting and internal control procedures are maintained.
  • Presents various items to the County Manager for consideration and appropriate action.
  • Manages, directs and is in charge of the annual financial report that is submitted to New York State.
  • Provides general supervisory and directs responsibility for accounting and financial reporting functions and activities.
  • Formulates policies and procedures for assigned programs in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines, rules and regulations.
  • Provides direction to implement changes in accounting procedures as legally required and establish appropriate system changes.
  • Manages various State, Federal and other claims for reimbursement.
  • Manages all aspects of County indebtedness.
  • Conducts complex fiscal analysis.
  • Participates in the negotiation of union contracts.
  • Presents on various subjects to the County Legislature and the public. Makes presentations in public forums.

 

What are we looking for?

Candidates must possess thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern public/governmental fiscal administration, including internal auditing, accounting and fiscal management; thorough knowledge of principles, practices, and terminology of general and governmental accounting; thorough knowledge of financial administration including budgeting and reporting; good knowledge of office terminology, practices and procedures; good knowledge of business arithmetic and English; ability to prepare and analyze complex financial and statistical records, reports and financial statements; ability to prepare and present complex oral and written reports clearly and concisely; ability to plan and direct the work of others.

 

 

Minimum qualifications/ degree and experience requirements:

(A)    Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, Financial Management or a related field and ten (10) years of financial management experience of which five (5) years shall have been in governmental accounting and six (6) years of which shall have been in a management capacity in the field of accounting and financial management; OR

 

(B)    Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, Financial Management or a related field and twelve (12) years of financial management experience of which five (5) years shall have been in governmental accounting and six (6) years of which shall have been in a management capacity in the field of accounting and financial management; OR

 

 

What kind of benefits can you expect to receive?

Schenectady County offers a competitive salary dependent on the applicant’s qualifications along with an excellent benefit package including New York State retirement, generous health, dental, vacation, sick and personal leave.

To apply

Interested qualified candidates must submit a resume and cover letter by August 3, 2018 to: Mr. Ryan M. Gregoire, Office of the County Manager at Ryan.gregoire@schenectadycounty.com

 

 

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